Here are some great ideas to replace just about every cleaning product in your home with an eco-friendly alternative. These are available online or at retail stores including Wal-Mart, Target, and Trader Joe’s.
1. Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaners
These cleaners are all-natural and available in several fragrances or fragrance-free. Made from plant-based ingredients and essential oils, Eco-Me’s All Purpose Cleaners are tough enough to power through kitchen messes without leaving behind chemical residue. The Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaners has a vinegar smell at first, but quickly disappears. The Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaners is also available scent too. The Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaners are excellent for kitchens, bathrooms, mirrors, and all general purpose cleaning.
Clean Conscience Tips For Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaners: This cleaner is excellent for heavy duty messes. After you have cooked and your stove has burned food or splatters, then spray the Eco Me on the area, then just let it set for a few minutes, and the cleaner will wipe right up, and there is no residue. This product is not recommended for granite or marble countertops, but works wonderful on all other surfaces.
2. Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner
Floor cleaners can be both powerful and pleasant, like Method’s Squirt + Mop, which is available in lemon ginger and ginger yuzu. These cleaners are wax-free and biodegradable, and will leave your kitchen or bathroom smelling amazing fresh and clean, with no harsh chemicals or dyes. The Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner allows you to clean the floor without diluting or rinsing. Just squirt a thin layer onto the floor, then mop. It’s simple, quick, and effective on all wood, laminate, tile, vinyl, and all flooring.
Clean Conscience Tips for Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner: Squirt the floor cleaner onto the floor using a zig zag motion, then take a dry mop (microfiber mop works great), and you have a clean floor without any streaks or sticky residue that you generally get with chemical floor cleaners. Hardwood floors that are old and have a built-up residue can be shiny and clean with just one good mopping with Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner.
3. J.R. Watkins Powder Laundry Detergent
J.R. Watkins has been making cosmetics, soaps, and household cleaners for over 100 years, and their time-tested formulas are only getting better. Their Powder Laundry Detergent is all-natural, phosphate-free, and biodegradable. In spite of its cleaning powder, this detergent is gentle and fragrance-free, ideal for infants and people with sensitive skin. The J.R. Watkins Powder Laundry Detergent 5 pound provides 80 loads, which makes this laundry detergent just pennies for each load of laundry done. There is a fabric softening action added to the detergent, so you don’t have to add any fabric softener to the wash. Works great in hot or cold water. Front loading washers only need to add 1/8 cup of laundry detergent to the wash. There is no perfume fragrance scent and clothes come out clean. The detergent dissolves instantly.
Clean Conscience Tips for J.R. Watkins Powder Laundry Detergent: For heavily soiled laundry, add J.R. Watkins to the laundry, then let it soak for an hour, then start the washing machine. The laundry will come out stain free and clean. If you have motor oil leaks on your garage floors or driveway, then sprinkle a bit of the laundry detergent on the spot, and it will soak up the motor oil leaks.
The tagline for Mrs. Meyers household cleaning product line says it all – “Squeaky clean. Not stinky clean.” Their dish soap line is made with a healthy serving of Soap Bark Extract, this plant-based dish soap cuts through grease and rinses clean and residue-free. There are a variety of natural scents that you can select from if you like your dish soap with a scent. You can choose to have basil, red clover, cranberry, honeysuckle, and many other scent options. Just squirt a couple squirts into your water, and the dish soap stays sudsy, cuts through greasy dishes, and leaves your hands soft.
Clean Conscience Tips for Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap: Not only is Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap great for dishes, but you can use it for other household chores. It is wonder for cleaning the toilet, wiping down your countertops, and perfect in the microwave. If you have cooked something greasy that has splashed in your microwave, then use your sponge and wipe down your microwave. The microwave is clean and grease free.
5. Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes
Compostable cleaning wipes have taken the convenient-cleaning world by storm. These wipes are safe for most surfaces (except wood), and won’t leave a sticky residue behind. They’re compostable too, which means they can be returned to the soil safely in your lifetime. The cleaning wipes have a tough grease fighting formula, which makes these cleaning wipes excellent for kitchen countertops, stoves, microwaves, and grills. The cleaning wipes has no chemical residue left behind. Safe on fiberglass, vinyl, and most non-wood surfaces.
Clean Conscience Tips for Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes: The Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes are excellent in the bathroom and kitchen. You can wipe down your sinks, shower and tub, floors, and countertops and there is no harsh chemical residue or smell left behind. Keep a container of Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes in your car, and wipe down food and drink messes in just a breeze.
With only four main ingredients, fragrance, water, color, and plant-based surfactants, iQ Glass Cleaner is safe for use on any surface that is not harmed by water. It can be used like traditional glass cleaners, but wipes clean with no residue, odor, or harmful chemicals. The glass cleaner formula is powerful. It keeps surfaces clean. Excellent for glass, mirrors, windows, and other surfaces.
Clean Conscience Tips for iQ Glass Cleaner: The bottle is reusable. Purchase the starter bottle, then you can simply add the replacement cleaning cartridge to the reusable bottle, then fill with tap water. It’s easy to refill, and the cost is affordable. iQ Glass Cleaner cleans tough messes around the home, and never leaves streaks or harsh residues.
7. Vaska One Lavender Laundry Tablets
In a busy home where every bit of time and energy counts, laundry detergent that is easy to handle and pre-measured can be a lifesaver. Vaska’s Lavender line includes laundry detergent tablets that are tough on dirt without irritating chemicals and pollutants. The laundry tablets are all-natural and hypoallergenic. The laundry tablets works in standard washing machines and HE. There is a light lavender scent, which leaves clothes smelling wonderful and clean.
Clean Conscience Tips for Vaska One Lavender Laundry Tablets: One use one tablet for a large load of laundry, because the laundry tablets are highly concentrated and get all stains and soil out of clothes. The laundry tablets are excellent for baby cloths and cloth diapers, because they are 100% all-natural. The Vaska One Lavender Laundry Tablets are excellent for sensitive skin.
8. Planet Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
Even an automatic dishwasher can clean green with Planet’s powdered dishwasher detergent, which contains no phosphate or chlorine. Not only is it safe for the environment and everyone in it, but this detergent also powers through food an leaves dishes sparkling clean. Planet’s Automatic Dishwasher Detergent contains no dyes or fragrances, and gets dishes clean and streak-free.
Clean Conscience Tips for Planet Automatic Dishwasher Detergent: Make sure when you are loading your dishwasher that the dishes such as bowls and glasses are facing the spray on the dishwasher, so the dishes are getting full spray and power. If your dishes are heavily soiled, then add a little more detergent to get the dishes fully clean.
9. Sun & Earth Natural Liquid Fabric Softener
Taking care of the earth and ourselves doesn’t mean we have to skimp on comfort. This eco-friendly and hypoallergenic liquid fabric softener keeps your clothes soft and fresh, and can be used in any standard automatic washing machine. The liquid fabric softener comes in unscented, light citrus, lavender, and floral blend scents. The liquid fabric softener reduces wrinkles, keeps colors vibrant, and perfect for fine fabrics, delicates, and baby clothing. Works wonderful in cold or hot water wash cycles. It is safe for hard or soft water.
Clean Conscience Tips for Sun & Earth Natural Liquid Fabric Softener: Use the recommended dosage for your laundry size.
10. BabyGanics Conditioning Shampoo + Body Wash
Perhaps the most important reason to clean green is for our young ones and their future. Get the best start with this gentle and safe baby wash, usable for both hair and skin cleansing. BabyGanics’ trademark NeoNourish system uses only the best natural ingredients. The Conditioning Shampoo + Body Wash is tear free, and extra gently. It promotes easy combing of baby’s hair. The BabyGanics Conditioning Shampoo + Body Wash is pediatrician and dermatologist tested for excellence. An exclusive 100% natural NeoNuurish seed oil blend has been added to support all baby’s skin. It is a thick instant foam, so bathing and cleansing baby is safe, and it rinses clean without leaving the baby’s skin dry. Gentle enough to use daily.
Clean Conscience Tip for BabyGanics Conditioning Shampoo + Body Wash: Purchase the conditioning shampoo + body wash in the pump form, so you can get the perfect amount in your hand, and you can still hold on to the baby safely.
11. Seventh Generation Tall Kitchen Trash Bags
Seventh Generation is one of the top brands for recycled cleaning materials, including trash bags, facial tissue, and paper towels. These tall kitchen bags are both sturdy and eco-friendly, made from over 50% recycled plastic. The Seventh Generation Tall Kitchen Trash Bags are made with 55% recycled plastic. They are strong, durable, and doesn’t tear. Can hold heavy trash without tearing or spilling.
Clean Conscience Tips for Seventh Generation Tall Kitchen Trash Bags: If you have a heavy load of trash, then use two trash bags instead of overloading the tall kitchen trash bags. They are strong and durable, but can only hold so much trash.
12. The Honest Co. Wet Mopping Pads
Feel good about how quickly your floors get clean without creating harmful waste. These wipes are compatible with most standard pad mops and sweepers, and products purchased from The Honest Co. help fund health education and supply green cleaning products for schools. The mopping pads have a plant-based powerful 4-1 formula to remove dirt, grime, and debris effectively from your floors. The mopping pads are double sided and quilted, then made with harvested wood pulp, which lifts dirt quickly, and absorbs spills and messes. The Honest Co. Wet Mopping Pads works effectively on hardwoods, sealed, laminate, bamboo, and other flooring.
Clean Conscience Tips for The Honest Co. Wet Mopping Pads: The Honest Co. Wet Mopping Pads are wonderful for floors, but you can use them for cleaning tough stains out of showers, tubs, and sinks. Just use one of the mopping pads in these areas, and tough stains come clean.
13. Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover
Another great product from Earth Friendly Products also helps reduce or remove odors, especially useful with pets in the house. This formula is packed with plant-based cleaners and enzymes that target stains and odors, and are safe to use on many surfaces, including clothes, carpets, and upholstery. Excellent in using on fine oriental carpeting, upholstery, and all delicate fabrics and clothing. It will not irritate skin, so you can use this product as a pre-stain treater.
Clean Conscience Tips for Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover: Use on candle stains by just spraying the stain & odor remover on the wax, then wait a few minutes, then wipe clean. The Everyday Stain & Odor Remover is excellent for greasy stains, engine oils, and olive oil. Just spray on the stain, then wipe clean.
14. Citrasolv Home Solve Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner
Home Solve enzymatic drain cleaner safely dissolves build up in your pipes including oil, soap, and grease. Most importantly, this natural formula is safe to keep under your sink, and won’t harm your septic system. It will keep your pipes flowing freely without the harsh chemicals. There is a Valencia orange fragrance that keeps your drains smelling clean and fresh. Citrasolv home Solve Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner is backed with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If the product doesn’t meet your expectations, then simply contact the company, and they will refund your money.
Clean Conscience Tips for Citrasolve Home Solve Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner: The Citrasolve Home Solve Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner works in all drains, and is totally safe. Adding a dose of the drain cleaner monthly for those who have a septic tank will keep your septic tank free from clogging.
15. The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative
Bleach has been one of the most commonly used household cleaners for generations, in spite of its well-known toxicity to people, pets, plants, and the environment. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives from The Laundress that can completely replace bleach in your laundry cycle while still keeping your whites white and smelling fresh. It works great in removing stains, odors, and dirt. The All-Purpose Bleach Alternative works wonderful in laundry, but can be used in the home as well. It effectively removes lime scale, rust, soap scum, and floors.
Clean Conscience Tips for The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative: Add just one capful to a bucket of hot water, and mop floors, clean bathrooms, and countertops. The all-purpose bleach alternative can unclog drains by sprinkling a half of capful in the drain area, then running hot water.
16. Trader Joe’s Pop-Up Sponges
Augment your green-cleaning routine with Trader Joe’s pop-up sponges, made from natural vegetable cellulose. These sponges soak up water to expand fully into a perfectly sized tool for cleaning. Pair with your favorite natural dishwashing liquid or all-purpose cleaner to keep your home clean and smelling fresh. Add them to a cycle on your dishwasher to keep them clean and ready to use. The pop-up sponges retain their shape and size.
Clean Conscience Tips for Trader Joe’s Pop-Up Sponges: Just toss the sponge into the dishwasher to disinfect and sanitize. The sponge will retain the actual shape, and they last for many washings in the dishwasher. Add a dab of dishwashing liquid to the sponge and do a lot of dishes and wipe down your kitchen.
Ecover’s Toilet Cleaner is up to the task of cleaning, decalcifying, and freshening your toilet without any harsh or dangerous ingredients. The plant-based formula is tough, biodegradable, and only leaves behind a sparkling shine. The toilet cleaner is safe for septic tanks. Ecover Toilet Cleaner has a nice scent, cleans the toilet extremely well, and doesn’t leave a harsh toxic smell.
Clean Conscience Tips for Ecover Toilet Cleaner: If your toilet has built up stains, then apply the toilet cleaner on the areas, then let it set for a bit, then use your toilet brush and wipe clean.
Pair this liquid cleanser with natural pop-up sponges and power through soap scum, water deposits, and grime. It’s safe to use on stainless steel, porcelain, chrome, and fiberglass. The original formula is unscented, but there are options with essential oils added for a fresh, clean scent. Just add a dab to the pop-up sponge and you can use on many areas of your home including the kitchen, bathroom, and patio.
Clean Conscience Tips for Bon Ami Liquid Cleaner: Bon Ami Liquid Cleaner is excellent for porcelain sinks and toilets. The liquid cleaner will not scratch the porcelain, and removes unwanted rust and stains effectively.
19. Better Life Take it for Granite Natural Stone and Countertop Cleaner
To keep your stone surfaces clean and green, look to Better Life’s Take it for Granite spray cleanser. Scented with essential oils and rinse-free, this formula will leave your surfaces clean and smelling great. The Granite Natural Stone and Countertop Cleaner is safe on granite, marble, slate, concrete, travertine, and other stone surfaces. There is no rinsing required, just spray on, and then wipe off with a clean cloth. There is no streaking, but a clean and fresh surface.
Clean Conscience Tips for Better Life Take if for Granite Natural Stone and Countertop Cleaner: The Granite Natural Stone and Countertop Cleaner is excellent for stainless steel appliances. It clean and shines them, and there is never no streaking. You can use the cleaner on more than just your countertops.